Loop track work resumes this weekend

There are no big festivals like Taste of Chicago this weekend, so Loop track renewal work will resume at 10 pm Friday through 4 am Monday.

From the weekend service alert:

Orange and Brown Lines:Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Pink Line: Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station, running in both directions via the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop Elevated. Transfers to/from the Blue Line subway may be made at Clark/Lake and to/from the Red Line subway at State/Lake* or Roosevelt.

Allow extra travel time.

Note: Green Line trains are not affected and will operate normally in both directions via Lake and Wabash.

*Farecard required for transfer at these stations.

Example of great copy writing

As a writer myself, I have always secretly admired the terse but effective way the CTA writes about partial station closures, such as for the work on the North Red Line. The following description about the southbound train bypassing some stations is wonderful. I especially love how the CTA is using the auxiliary station at Wilson.

95th-bound Trains Bypass Granville Thru Lawrence Stations; Boarding Change at Wilson and Sheridan Stations

How does this affect my trip?
Granville thru Lawrence Stations:
95th-bound trains will not stop at Granville, Thorndale, Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Argyle, or Lawrence stations.

For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to the Wilson station auxiliary platform and transfer to a Howard-bound train boarding on the island platform.

For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Loyola and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

Wilson and Sheridan Stations:
At Wilson station, board/exit 95th-bound trains on the west auxiliary platform. At Sheridan station, 95th-bound trains will stop at their normal platform, but board/exit trains on the outer tracks instead of the inner tracks.

Allow extra travel time.

Why is service being changed?
We are performing track renewal and viaduct construction as part of Red North Station Interim Improvement Project.

OK. Got it?

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  • I would just say:

    95th bound red line trains run express between Loyola and WIlson stations, bypassing all stations in between. For service from those stations, board a Howard bound train to Loyola and transfer to a 95th bound train. For service to those stations, board a 95th bound train to WIlson and transfer to a Howard Bound train.

    At Wilson and Sheridan, 95th bound trains operate on the Purple Line platform.

    I feel like calling it an auxiliary platform is more confusing than just saying the purple line platform when people know the purple line operates on those tracks.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    The Purple Line may run on those tracks, but it doesn't stop at those stations, so they aren't Purple Line platforms.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    Thanks for the suggestions ibright. Actually, I wasn't being snarky, and I do think that the way the CTA wrote it is pretty good. Though I do like your suggestion about "running express."

    I agree with Jack that we can't really say "Purple Line platform, since at Sheridan at least, it's the Purple and Red platform, with boarding on the outside Purple Line track.

    So again, I think the CTA wording is best, in spite of the fact that few people probably know about an "auxiliary platform": at Wilson. One would hope that signage on site leads them there appropriately.

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